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Calcasieu Lake

In Louisiana, few lakes equal Calcasieu Lake near Lake Charles for producing huge speckled trout. The lake, measuring roughly 12 miles by 9 miles and averaging about six feet deep, often produces trout weighing in the double digits. Beginning in March and peaking in May, monster trout ravage minnows and mullet over oyster reefs. Anglers do well by approaching birds diving for baitfish that have been herded to the surface by big trout. Come from upwind and drift toward the commotion, throwing such lures as Top Dogs, Zara Spooks, Spit'n Images and Slapsticks. Anglers find outstanding fishing in Turner's Bay at the north end, off Commissary Point along the eastern shoreline and off Long Point on the western shoreline. Contact: Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (504-765-2800).